Success Stories

  • How a Working Adult Fit Earning a Bachelor's Degree Into Her Schedule. A StraighterLine Success Story.

    Beth Dumbauld

    While working part-time, without reliable transportation – and juggling family responsibilities, Angel Brown is well on her way towards earning her bachelor’s degree. Here’s how she fit college into her life: Earning a Bachelor’s Degree to Expand Career Opportunities “I want to earn my bachelor’s degree to better my future,” says Angel. “I have my AA in Business and recently got a part-time job in the restaurant and hospitality industry. I want a chance to expand my career opportunities.” Determined to go back to school and position herself for career success, Angel discussed education options with her family. Without reliable transportation to campus, Angel’s mom suggested online courses. Choosing Onli ...

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  • Why Involved Fathers Play a Critical Role in a Child’s Education

    Beth Dumbauld

    This weekend, we’re honoring StraighterLine students and fathers whose commitment to earning a college degree was motivated by their desire to pass on the value of higher education to their children. Involved Fathers are Powerful Role Models According to the National Center for Education, fathers who get involved in education have kids who are more likely to: Do well academically Participate in extracurricular activities Enjoy school Research on involved fathers from the Department of Education and Health and Human Services has shown: “…Fathers, no matter what their income or cultural background, can play a critical role in their children’s education. When fathers are involved, their children le ...

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  • How a Teenage Father Became a Role Model

    Beth Dumbauld

    We are always pleased to share our student success stories with you, but what happens after our students graduate from our partner colleges and move up in their careers? By popular request, we’ve followed up with Nino Diaz, one of our most viewed StraighterLine Success Stories, to see how his life has changed since earning his bachelor’s degree and where his degree has taken him. When You’re Motivated to Earn a College Degree But… As a teenage father, Nino Diaz had to put his education on hold so he could work to support his family, but had a goal of earning his college degree before his son graduated from high school. He needed a way to complete courses on his schedule and he found Straigh ...

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  • What These Mothers Know About Going Back To College – And You Should Too

    Beth Dumbauld

    Online education is ideal for moms who want to go back to school and earn their degree ­– and Mother’s Day is an ideal time to put you, and your dreams in the spotlight. This Mother’s Day, we’re highlighting successful StraighterLine students, who also happen be mothers, to show you how you how it really can be done – you can go back to college and earn your college degree. Not sure where to start? Download our free guide on How to Go back to College today! Moms Have Dreams Too With your busy life, and competing responsibilities, online courses offer you a flexible and affordable way to earn your college degree. Online courses easily transfer into career-focused degree programs and help moms just like you fit earning a c ...

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  • How a Nurse Used Flexible Online College Courses to Complete His BSN Prerequisites. A StraighterLine Success Story.

    Beth Dumbauld

    A working nurse decided to take charge of his career by earning his Bachelors of Science in Nursing, all while working full-time and supporting a family of five. We’re excited to share Gene G.’s story with you: Advancing a Career in Nursing Gene knew he needed to earn a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) to advance his career. He had worked as a nurse for over 15 years with an Associates Degree in Nursing, but changes in the industry motivated him to go back to school. “I noticed a trend that large employers and hospitals were requiring nurses to get their BSN,” says Gene. “I work at a large local hospital, and if I switch departments, I’m required to earn my BSN.” While not yet required by his employer, Gene determ ...

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